Relax Your Stress Away
11 Ways to De-Stress
Your shoulders are tense, your back hurts, you feel grouchy and know it’s due to stress. The relaxation techniques described below can help relieve both the physical and emotional tension that often follows stressful situations.
Relax Your Body
The next time you feel the effects of too much stress, try some of the following ways to help you relax.
1. Deep breathing.
While sitting, lying down or standing, close your eyes and breathe in slowly. Let the breath out for a count of 5–10 seconds. Perform ten of these super-relaxers any time you feel tense.
Practice simple stretches such as the “neck stretch” – gently roll your head in a half circle, starting at one side, then dropping your chin to your chest, then to the other side.
All kinds of physical activity – hiking, running, bowling, walking, etc. – help to reduce stress.
4. Take a bath.
Ask household members to allow you a…